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PhD in Development Finance

The purpose of USB's internationally accredited PhD in Development Finance is to contribute to a crucial understanding of development finance and to support the growth agendas of South Africa, the greater African continent and beyond. It also leads to employable expertise.

 Download A Contribution to Scientific Knowledge by Dr John Morrison [74.5 KB]
 Download Code of conduct [311 KB]
 Download Example 1 of comprehensive research proposal [467 KB]
 Download Example 2 of comprehensive research proposal [539 KB]
 Download Example 3 of comprehensive research proposal [254 KB]
 Download PhD Initial Research Proposal Template [640 KB]

International acknowledgement

USB is a member of 2 global doctoral associations – EDAMBA and the GRLI’s Global Doctoral Alliance. These memberships hold benefits and create opportunities for USB’s doctoral students. ​​

What can you do with this PhD?

You will be able to fill senior-level positions aimed at supporting the growth agendas organisations, regions, countries and even continents. Expertise in development finance is typically required by policy-making institutions, governments, public and private corporations, financial institutions and regional and international organisations.

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Admission requirements: These include a relevant master's degree and a strong quantitative background.

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2017.​

Programme format

  • ​​Year 1: Structured course-work component – do 2 blocks of 2 weeks each on campus
    • 22 January – 2 February 2018:  Advanced Research Techniques
    • 7 - 18 May 2018:  Advanced Theory of Development Finance; Global Development Finance
  • ​Year 2 and subsequent years: Do independent research for your PhD​